Guo Boxiong Army Mobilization Mandate.
Analysts Expect Unusual Event Later This Year
On July 17, Guo Boxiong, a Chinese Communist Party
(CCP) Politburo member and Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission gave a talk.
Guo addressed the 12th strategy trainee seminar at the
Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) National Defense University.
Guo’s requirement for the army was to respond immediately
and accomplish missions resolutely.
He also emphasized that the army must follow the orders
of Chairman Hu Jintao, and the CCP Central Committee.
As the 18th National Congress approaches, the CCP sees
“stability maintenance” as an “all-important political task”.
Analysts believe that, as the situation becomes worse for
the CCP, Guo Boxiong’s mobilization of armed forces
aims to preventing any event that could impede
the progress of the 18th National Congress.
Guo Boxiong said it’s an all-important political task for the
PLA to ensure the 18th National Congress goes smoothly.
He required the whole PLA to be absolutely loyal to the
CCP, to accord with the CCP Central Committee and the
Central Military Commission politically and ideologically,
and follow any command from Hu Jintao.
Political commentator Xing Tianxing told NTD that
after the Wang Lijun incident,
CCP officials and army leaders have never stopped
pledging their loyalty to Hu Jintao.
Xing Tianxing: “They are really worried that an unexpected
incident might happen during the 18th National Congress.
This would impede it from going smoothly, so they
have tried to strength control over the army.
They continuously warned that the army had to firmly
support Hu Jintao and follow any of his commands.”
Previously, Bo Xilai’s dismissal induced local governments
and military troops to pledge allegiance to Hu Jintao.
To ensure a smooth power transition in the 18th National
army leaders have frequently visited major military regions,
requiring troops to maintain a firm political stance.
They are required to behave in accordance with Hu Jintao
and the CCP Central Committee.
Guo Boxiong is doing exactly the same this time.
Currently, various internal CCP factions are pushing hard
to win positions in the Politburo Standing Committee.
Meanwhile, more large-scale protests have broken out,
as aggrieved Chinese people accumulate all over China.
Along with the recent economic crisis, the CCP has found
itself in an unprecedented, dangerous situation.
Xing Tianxing: “As an army leader, Guo Boxiong
definitely knows more about China’s political situation than his subordinates.
Specifically, he should clearly know how the inside-party
power struggle is unfolding.
The CCP is sitting on a volcano,
as crises come from everywhere.
Guo Boxiong must have some premonition
that the CCP might collapse.
Of course he can’t speak out directly, therefore he tries
to create a sense of crisis through talking in the seminar.”
Guo Boxiong emphasized that the army
must ensure immediate response.
It must be resolute in accomplishing
missions, whenever commands are given.
The PLA is also required to strengthen routine precautions,
safeguarding more strictly on the costal border.
It must properly deal with unexpected
events to keep the borders safe.
Recently, the CCP has conflicted with several neighboring
countries over the sovereignty of the Senkaku islands, the East China Sea and the South China Sea.
More ironically, although claimed by the CCP to be a
“friendly country”, Russia recently made an attack against Chinese fishing boats.
Seventy of the boats have been detained
and another person is still missing.
Wu Fan, Chief Editor for China Affairs remarked that
the CCP was facing crises both from inside and outside.
Wu Fan: “The CCP needs to hold the 18th
National Congress under great pressure.
I believe there might be two purposes
behind mobilization of the army forces.
Firstly, they want to shift people’s discontentment
towards the CCP towards foreign affairs.
Secondly, they need to mobilize the army
to deal with any possible coming event.
Maybe they are preparing for a war or suppression on a
massive protests. Either of them is possible.”
Xing Tianxing remarked that the Chinese fishing boats were
treated abominably not only by Russia, but also by North Korea.
This indicated that even these two
countries do not acknowledge the CCP.
In other words, the CCP is isolated from the global
community, receiving little respect from other countries.